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29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

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29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites that I find particularly helpful, even though they are not as famous or as prevalent as some of the big names out there.

1. BugMeNot

Are you bugged constantly to sign up for websites, even though you do not wish to share your email? If yes, then BugMeNot is for you. Instead of creating new logins, BugMeNot has shared logins across thousands of websites which can be used.

BugMeNot

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    2. Get Notify

    This nifty little website tracks whether the emails sent by you were opened and read by the receiver. Moreover, it also provides the recipient’s IP Address, location, browser details, and more.

    getNotify

      3. Zero Dollar Movies

      If you are on a constant lookout of free full length movies, then Zero Dollar movies provides a collection of over 15,000 movies in multiple languages that are available to watch for free on Youtube. It indexes only full length movies and no trailers, or partial uploads. In addition, it has a clean interface, contributing to a good movie watching experience.

      ZeroDollarMovie

        4. Livestream

        Livestream allows you to watch and broadcast events live to viewers on any platform. For the next time when you want to share your company’s annual CEO speech live to employees who are on remote locations, Livestream serves as a perfect platform.

        LiveStream

          5. scr.im

          scr.im converts your email address into a short custom URLs, that can be shared on public websites. This prevents your email id from getting picked up by spam robots, and email harvesters who are on a constant lookout from your email id.

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          Scrim

            6. TinEye

            TinEye is a Reverse Image search tool which is as accurate as Google’s Reverse Image search tool. As opposed to Google, TinEye provides a set of APIs that can be used for personal and commercial purposes, which makes it very useful for developers.

            TinEye

              7. Fax Zero

              Fax Zero allows you to send faxes to US and Canada for free. Additionally, it enables you to send faxes to countries outside North America at a fixed pay per use cost.

              FaxZero

                8. Snopes

                Do you believe that fingernails and hair continue to grow after death? Why don’t you check out if this is true, along with thousands of other urban folklore out there, at Snopes?

                Snopes

                  9. Stickk

                  Is it difficult for you to stick to goals ? If yes, then let Stickk help you reach your goals. It makes use of commitment contracts to empower you to better your lifestyle.

                  Stickk

                    10. Boxoh

                    Boxoh can track the status of any shipment package on Google Maps.

                    BoxOH

                      11. PicMonkey

                      PicMonkey is an online Image editor, that allows you to touch up your images. Also, you can apply different effects, fonts, and designs to your images. It is a perfect tool to create pins for Pinterest and  awesome looking Facebook covers.

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                      PicMonkey

                        12. Trello

                        Trello is a great online tool for organizing just about anything using Kanban style cards. It provides a highly visual way for Online Collaboration, and is a simple free tool for Task and Project Management.

                        Trello

                          13. Short Reckonings

                          Short Reckonings is an online tool to keep track of shared expenses. It is deceptively simple, easy to use, and allows you to enter expenses with the fewest possible clicks. A clean, ad-free interface adds to the charm of this simple website.

                          ShortReck

                            14. Memrise

                            Do you fancy learning new things in small byte sized packages? If yes, then Memrise is for you. The additive nature of gaming combined with memory improvement makes this an excellent resource.

                            memrise

                              15. Instructables

                              Instructables provides instructions to help you build just about anything you can imagine. It provides a platform for people to explore, document, and share their creations.

                              instructable

                                16. join.me

                                In today’s world, where collaboration across multiple stakeholders is key, join.me provides an online platform to share desktop screens. Record audio for meetings conducted with participants not in the same room. In addition, it is a simple tool to share your screen with just about anybody on the web.

                                JOIN.ME

                                  17. Sync.in

                                  Sync.in allows multiple people to edit documents and notes in real time. It is a great tool for online collaboration.

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                                    18. Privnote

                                    Do you wish to share notes and information that self destructs immediately after it is read ? Privnote does exactly that.

                                    PrivNote

                                      19. ScribbleMaps

                                      Have you ever wanted to place your personal markers, shapes, and scribbles on Google Maps? Even though Google Maps does not allow that, ScribbleMaps does, and it does a great job at it.

                                      ScribbleMaps

                                        20. TripIt

                                        TripIt is a painless way to organize all the details of your vacation or business trip. Forget your flight time? Can’t find the e-mail with your hotel’s address? That won’t happen with TripIt, which keeps your itinerary in one place.

                                        tripIt

                                          21. Skyscanner

                                          Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

                                          Skyscanner

                                            22. Hostel Bookers

                                            Hostel Bookers is one of the best search engines to search for cheap hostels and hotels while backpacking or traveling around the globe.

                                            hostelbookers

                                              23. Fitday

                                              Fitday allows you to track you diet and weight loss through its journal. The personal dietician and free articles on nutrition and weight loss on their site are a great bonus.

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                                                24. Endomondo

                                                Endomondo is a mobile app that allows you to track your workouts. The website allows detailed analysis of your training, that makes it a valuable tool to understand and plan your workouts.

                                                endomondo

                                                  25. My Fitness Pal

                                                  If counting calories is your main goal, then My Fitness Pal is the best web and mobile application out there. The service has a massive database of meals and exercises to make it easy to accurately count calories.

                                                  My Fitness Pal

                                                    26. Fuelly

                                                    Fuelly tracks the gas mileage for your cars and helps you to analyze, share, and compare your vehicles fuel consumption.

                                                    fuelly

                                                      27. 3-Minute Journal

                                                      3 Minute Journal is different than most other Journals out there. This application allows you to track your moods, achievements, failures, and moments of gratitude. In addition, it does great analysis over these parameters.

                                                      3minJournal

                                                        28. 750 Words

                                                        750 Words is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; that advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                                                        750 words

                                                          29. Kiva

                                                          Kiva is a micro finance website, that attempts to leverage the Internet and a worldwide distribution of micro-finance institutions. It alleviates poverty by connecting lenders to people in need.

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                                                          Kiva

                                                            Do you have other favorite sites that you find incredibly useful?

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                                                            Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                                                            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                                                            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                                                            There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                                                            Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                                                              What Does Private Browsing Do?

                                                              When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                                                              For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                                                              The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                                                              The Terminal Archive

                                                              While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                                                              Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                                                              dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                                                              Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                                                              Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                                                              However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                                                              Clearing Your Tracks

                                                              Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                                                              dscacheutil -flushcache

                                                              As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                                                              Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                                                              Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                                                              If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                                                              As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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